PiCymru announces additional partner to support Pioneers in Wales...

7 February 2017 08:30

Today PiCymru are pleased to announce that Cardiff University will be joining our existing partners in supporting the Pioneer scheme operated by the Raspberry Pi Foundation (see https://www.raspberrypi.org/pioneers/).

Cardiff University will provide two additional city centre locations in Newport, at the National Software Academy and Cardiff for the meetup event along with our existing partners, Bridgend College, University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Cwmaman Community Centre.

On 9th January 2017, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the charity behind the Raspberry Pi, launched the Pioneers scheme, encouraging anyone in the UK between the ages of twelve and fifteen to get involved and design some technology to “make us laugh”. The Pioneers scheme fills the gap between Code Club aimed at nine to eleven year olds and GCSE Computing. Participants do not need any prior coding experience.

A key part of the initiative will be a meetup on Friday 17th February at the National Software Academy, Newport, Cardiff University, Bridgend College campus, the University of Wales Trinity St David - Mount Pleasant campus and Cwmaman Community Centre to provide hands on support to students signed up to the Pioneers scheme. The meetup will provide coding & engineering support, the use of additional equipment and assistance in filming of videos for submission on March 22nd.

Douglas Gore, founder of PiCymru said “With the addition of Cardiff University’s support most of South Wales now have a regional centre nearby to get support with the Pioneers scheme. We hope this will further extend support for the scheme in Wales and produce many more entries.”

Catherine Teehan, Placement Office at Cardiff University commented “Software development really is an exciting, and growing, line of work that provides so many opportunities to work on a range of projects in a variety of sectors. We hope that by supporting events like the ‘Pioneer’ competition we can inspire the next generation to consider studying and working in this field.”

“We are delighted to welcome these highly talented coders to the University on Feb 17th to test out their software engineering skills as part of this national competition. We are looking forward to seeing the students’ innovative creations on display and hope that they will gain a wealth of experience from the activities that we have organised for them.”

About PiCymru

PiCymru is a not-for-profit organisation, set up in 2010 based in Swansea setup to promote digital literacy and encouraging learning and development in Wales through the design and development of programmes of work, and provision of facilities around Wales. PiCymru is a volunteer-led, not for profit group and is in no way affiliated with the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

About Cardiff University

Cardiff University are an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city. Their world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact, providing an educationally outstanding experience for our students. Driven by creativity and curiosity, Cardiff University strive to fulfil their social, cultural and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.